Comments for: Massive black bear living off Presque Isle school farm’s produce

Posted July 09, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified July 09, 2012, at 7:24 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE | Yogi might have had his “pic-i-nic” baskets and Winnie the Pooh his honey jar, but a black bear has found a pretty sweet deal of his own up in the County. Sightings began late last week of a massive black bear in and around the 38-acre …

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  • Jo

    Friggin’ Howie Carr, found the raspberries and got all fat again…

    • I’ll be darn…Michelle Obama was right … school pizza, apple crisp and sloppy jos do make you fat.

    • Anonymous

       Howie Carr or LePage?

  • Guest

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    • That first line/paragraph is as LAME! as the bear is big. 

      Sounds like a first year reporter from the city being cute.

      • Massive is a bit of a reach … it’s Maine’s headline version of the 17 foot great white of Nantucket…

        • Anonymous

          Why is that a bit of a reach ?  That is massive for a blk bear–although it looks closer to 500 lbs  –A 250 lb bear is is considered big. 

        • Guest

          …..

  • Anonymous

    Looks bigger than 400 pounds to me.

  • Anonymous

    My question to the farm management is,  if safety is so important to the farm TELL THEM (the kids)! My daughter has been working at the farm for the past week and a half, and I just told her because I saw it on BDN’s website. She has had no mention of this issue from the farm RIDICULOUS.

    • Anonymous

      of course not. The early spring warm up is laughable, this is not early spring. But for the state to admit their incompetance in managing our over population of bears will not happen. Lets just pretend like the problem is not here instead, and hope no one is attacked.

      • Anonymous

        I must have been dreaming about those 70- and 80-degree days in March and the dearth of snow all winter.

        • Anonymous

          Your dreaming allright. This is not March. When they come out of hibernation early, there can be a lack of natural food. This is mid July.  There is plenty of natural foods available. Some people live in a dream world, and insist to everyone else that it’s real.

          • Anonymous

            “‘Thanks to an early warm-up the bears came out earlier than normal this spring,’ Doug Rafferty, public information and education director with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said on Monday. ‘They will go where their nose takes them.'”

            I think he was referring to the size of the bear. To get that big this early, the bear has to be wandering around a lot and getting what he needs for food, which his nose will find.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, thats not the case. This story qoutes IFW’s excuse two months ago. Since it seems you will only belive them, take a look at the other bear story today, where they say there is plenty of natural food in the woods. You really don’t think that bear grew from small to large this spring do you?  I’m betting you don’t live in bear country like I do.

    • OhWell

      Someone will probably be fired by Gehrig Johnson for outing the district and making this issue public!   Students aren’t just a number for his triple dipping.

  • It doesn’t surprise me, the berries there are the graetest!

  • It doesn’t surprise me ,the berries there are the greatest!

  • Anonymous

    Once I saw a dark shadow but I figured it must have been an evil spirit. Maybe it was a bear! Or maybe it was just a shadow….we get them from time to time at night.

  • Anonymous

    “Trapping and relocating bears is something done by private experts, Pelkey said, adding that DIF&W does not trap and relocate.” This doesn’t sound right :-/

    If I put in  call to the DIF&W about a bear near my deck and they aren’t gonna take care of it I certainly know how, if i feel anywhere near fear for me and mine one word  BANG  :-/

    • Anonymous

      Cost anywheres from $250-350 here. you pay. Then IFW will stick a tag in it’s ear cart it off 50 miles and do the same when it returns. Thats why the sow w/cubs and all the ear tags visits Bonanza’s dumpsters the last three years.
       I’m getting tired of it. My wife is scared to work in the garden or let the kids out alone. I’ll be thinning them out this year.

      • Anonymous

        it’s true and it’s not just IFnW but in other states they have moved bears only to have them show up again the next day or a few days later even when they move them a couple hundred miles sometimes.

    • Anonymous

      When I had a nuisance bear the DIF&W told me to shoot if I was in fear but if I wanted it trapped I had to hire private. They did however offer an exploding bullet to shoot into the bear that would explode a few seconds later and drive him off. Sounded cruel and dangerous to me ’cause I always heard a wounded bear was a deadly bear. So I told DIF&W if in fear I was sure to kill not wound. Then I spoke with a trapper who said if I did shoot he would remove carcass. My bear was a lot smaller than above bear so I think even though I live a lot closer in the woods than these residents in PI I would be very respectful of that beast also. He is a big one for sure with I am sure a very thick skull.

  • Anonymous

    A bear wondering near a school… You liberals who want to risk the lives of children to hug a big teddy bear… Only one way to deal with this Bear.. kill him… Lucky it’s not a mommy.

    • Anonymous

      It is wondering near the school farm which is not near the school building or playground. Kids work up on the farm to learn about agriculture here in the county.

    • Anonymous

      Sure….just kill it. Is that the solution to every animal that wanders into a community? they are more afraid of you then you are of them! I think the school farm with their prices could hire someone to come and trap it. Catch and release. their a beautiful creature that do not deserve to be destroyed becaus it wandered into a place that his nose led him too. just saying……

      • Anonymous

        Trapping the bear won’t do anything. He’ll just return. The best thing to do is nothing.

      • Anonymous

        “.just kill it. Is that the solution to every animal that wanders into a community?”

        Not to every animal, but definitely to the ones that are good to eat.

    • Anonymous

      “Lucky” it’s not a mother bear?

      Apparently you have fallen for the myth that mother black bears attack to protect their young. They don’t. A mother will either flee altogether with her cubs, or she will send them up a tree and hide herself.

    • Anonymous

      bet that school hasn’t been there as long as the bears have,,,,,,, (maybe not this paticular one,, but his family)

  • Anonymous

    Sure….just kill it! The solution to everything. The prices they charge at the school farm could more than pay for someone to come and catch it and release it elsewhere. Poor animals……

  • Anonymous

    “‘We have upwards of 80 students working on the farm this summer and this is really a safety issue.’”

    Only for the bear if someone pleads for a warden to kill it. As long as people leave him alone, he’ll leave them alone.

  • I just hope and pray the bear doesnt get killed and become another victim at the hands of humans

    • Anonymous

      i hope they dont kill it either. the bear IS in his OWN enviroment. , after all……… But I can see how he would be tempted with the smell of fresh fruit and honey…… GOOD LUCK bear, hope you live a long life!

      • Anonymous

        What are we, aliens from another planet? sheesh

  • Anonymous

    Support the Right To Arm Bears…

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